In Chartres, do you know Maison Ailleurs whose history intersects with that of France?

“The history of this beautiful medieval house is linked to that of France. Confiscated by Charles V, the house was donated by the sovereign to the Church, of which it will remain the property for the next four centuries, says Valérie Génique-Ennis, owner of Maison Ailleurs. It returned to the private domain during the French Revolution and then witnessed family quarrels between supporters of Bonaparte and those of the monarchy ”.

The house consists of the oldest part which dates from the 14th century and a reception wing which was built in the 18th century.

The owners of the house are almost certain of much of the history of the house since very documented research has been made in the archives of the diocese and those of the department of Eure-et-Loir by the previous tenants of the remains, the Tremblay. It dates back to 1375, when the house was confiscated by Charles V from its private owner. This is how the house becomes the property of the king. “Obviously, there is no use for this house in Chartres for the king. You can imagine that at that time the king really needed the support of the Church. He therefore donates it to his first chaplain who is his confessor. When the first chaplain died in 1387, he donated it to the church and this is how the house became the property of the church at the end of the 14th century, ”explains Ms. Génique.

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Throughout the history of the house it has had different occupants, sometimes religious and sometimes it was rented out to private tenants to generate income. These rental contracts, kept in the archives of the diocese, are very descriptive of the property. “They make it possible in particular to know what each of the rooms was used for (which have hardly changed since) and how they were decorated”, she emphasizes.

Expansion of the house

According to the research carried out, Monsignor Fleury, first chaplain of Marie Leszczynska (1743) then grand chaplain of Marie-Antoinette (1774), enlarged the house shortly before the Revolution.

“There was only the part on the courtyard that originally existed and he wanted official reception rooms. He created a staircase of honor to be able to have access to the bright reception room, a row which gives, with three openings on the garden ”, adds Ms. Génique. Today, on the stairs, we can clearly see these changes where there are floors that cut the old windows halfway up.

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“A family home, an authentic and spacious haven of peace, hidden in the center of a picturesque town”

“After four centuries of belonging to the church, the house left the church wall during the Revolution before returning there at the beginning of the 20th century. When the church again became the owner of the property at the start of the 20th century, the house remained a bishopric for nearly a century, until 1992, when the Tremblay bought it from the bishopric ”.

La Maison Ailleurs, rue Muret, in Chartres. Here, the reception room. Photo Quentin reix

After having bought it in 2012, Madame Valérie Génique and her husband renovated it to make it “a family home, an authentic and spacious haven of peace, hidden in the center of a picturesque town”, we can read on the Maison Ailleurs website. They bought this house out of passion, the proof is that for the moment, they do not live in Chartres, but they keep it and the darling because they have “terribly attached to it since it is heritage and that it is transmitted ”.
La Maison Ailleurs, rue Muret, in Chartres. Photo Quentin Reix

The house has a living area of ​​600 m². It consists of a large bright reception room, a kitchen with a view of the garden and five warm and neat suites whose names were not chosen at random. They each refer to a personality (Charles V, Monsignor Fleury), to the history of the house (L’Évêché, Le Jardin) or finally to the beauty of the city (Le Bleu de Chartres).
La Maison Ailleurs, rue Muret, in Chartres. Photo Quentin Reix.

All rooms are equipped with bathrooms and kitchens and in the kitchens there is everything you need. The house and the suites are beautifully decorated. “A decoration combining the modern while retaining the charm of the old”.

Perpetual renewal of colors in the garden.

Travelers who have the chance to discover the house’s secret garden are swept away by its charm. Photo Quentin Reix.

The hidden garden, which cannot be seen from anywhere from the outside, was drawn in broad outline by Madame Tremblay. “She designed the garden with the idea that it would be a decorative garden.” In the garden, there are old roses, most of which come from André Eve, the benchmark for old roses. Everything has been designed around these old roses to enhance them. “The boxwoods are there as a historical reminder to the house of course, it is the traditional French arrangement of the gardens. The yews are also present, but the roses were chosen so that we have several colors so that the garden is constantly in bloom ”.

The garden is adorned with a variety of flowers from January to December. It is a garden which is very thought out, there are Christmas roses, there are primroses, there are lily of the valley. There is always a color that varies the green mass of the garden. “There is common ivy and something else so that even in the shades of green there is color. We are aware of having the chance to have a garden in the heart of the city that is alive and that we have arranged it in such a way as to live it too. It’s our bubble of serenity, ”concludes Ms. Génique.

Vahid Shamsoddinnezhad
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